May 17, 2013

Hope in God

As a deer pants for flowing streams, 
so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
While they say to me all the day long, "Where is your God?"
These things I remember, as I pour out my soul:
How I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, 
a multitude keeping festival.
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are at turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, 
my salvation and my God.
Psalm 42:1-5

Psalm 42 moves me. This, of course, is intended. Poetry springs from the poet feeling, seeing, or experiencing something, and then through poetry attempting to covey that to others.

David here us crying out for God. We all experience times when we feel as if God is not there, and David clearly struggles with that here. I want to quickly point out three things I glean from this passage.

1) David desires a tangible communion with God. He desires to feel the presence of God, and this is a good thing.

2) David clearly acknowledges that this is not always a reality of life. And this is not, contrary to what some may teach, a result of sin or lack of faith on his part. No where in this Psalm does it indicate God is somehow punishing David. This is part of living life in a fallen world, even as one known and loved by God. We will not always feel Him.

3) David rests his hope in the rock-solid faithfullness of God. He perseveres through the hard and trying times, not by will power and grit, but by glancing back and seeing the work of God in the oast, and then fixing his gaze on the future, placing his hope in the future grace of God toward him.

May 09, 2013

Life as Worship

Why a Worship Conference? Because the word "worship" is one of the most used and least understood words in all of Christian jargondom. While there are many aspects of Worship that we won't even begin to touch, my hope is that by focusing on a few implications of Romans 12:1 that we will be able to better understand what we mean when we talk about worship, and will thus be in a better position to actually worship God with our lives. 

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1, ESV)

Life as Worship Conference
Hosted by: South Lake Youth Ministries, Inc.

The goal of this conference is the equipping of students, church members, and all people to worship God in all of life. We desire to introduce Christians to an idea of worship that is broader than simply singing in church on Sunday morning (as important as that is!).

Friday, May 24th:
6:30- An Introduction to Worship: Will Dole
What is worship? Is it possible to worship God with all of my life, or is this an activity restricted to church buildings?
7:20- Break
7:35- Music as Worship: Levi Kilian
If music and singing are not the sum total of what worship means, what role do they play?
8:25- Corporate Worship in Singing and Prayer

Saturday, May 25th:
9:00- Work as Worship: Pastor Dave Donnerberg
What does it mean to work as unto the Lord, rather than men? How can we worship God in the seemingly mundane activities of work (and school)?
9:50- Break
10:10- Family Life as Worship: Pastor Brian Primer
How do I worship God in my role as parent, spouse, or child? What is unique about these relationships that allow us to display God’s glory to the world?
11:00- Break
11:15- Art as Worship: Karey Stivers
What role does artistic expression play in lives of believers, both individually and corporately? Should Christians be primarily concerned with self expression or expression of transcendent truth through the use of the arts?
12:05- Break for Lunch
1:15- Reading and Writing as Worship: Will Dole
How can reading and writing help me worship God, and how can I worship God in these activities?
2:05- Break
2:15- Q & A
We will take written questions throughout, and attempt to answer a few of them during the Q&A session at the end.
3:00- Closing Song and Prayer

Plummer Bible Church, 1090 D St, Plummer, ID 83851

Date and time:
Friday May 24th, 6:30 PM - 9 PM and
Saturday May 25th, 9 AM - 3 PM.

Adult rate: $25 if registered before May 15th, $30 at the door.
Student (under 18) rate: $15 if registered before May 15th, $20 at the door.

We are welcoming anyone with a desire to know God more, and seeking to glorify Him in all their life. Lower student rates are offered because SLY has a particular heart to see young people transformed by the Word of God, and we want to make these resources as easily accessible for them as possible.

Food and Accommodations:
There will be a soup and sandwich lunch served at the church on Saturday, free of charge. Individuals are responsible for all other meals.
For those traveling from out of town and needing a place to stay, please be sure to contact us by the 15th and we will go over possible accommodations.

While a few hours in not even close to what it would take to thoroughly cover this topic, our hope is that we will give believers a grander picture of what worship is than the one our modern church culture has painted for them. We hope to give practical application through the sessions, focusing on matters of everyday life.

Contact info for registration, questions, or comments:

South Lake Youth Ministries
Attn: Will Dole
Po Box 363
Plummer, ID 83851 (208)699-9795

May 04, 2013

In pursuit of more frequent writing.

I have oft lamented at the begining of a post how long it has been since my previous one. For example, it's been over a month right now. So, for the information of all interested, I am going to attempt to post more often.

In the past, my posting has been basically dependant on the alinging of circumstances such as my mood, my ability to articulate pmy thoughts into writing, and being in an area with wifi in order to upload such thoughts onto the web. I have realized though that I simply need to discipline myself to write whenever the opportunity presents itself, and then make a point of finding time to get it posted. Writing seems to be the primary way God has gifted me for encouraging thought and faith, and for me to neglect the gift given me seems to conflict with the instruction given by Paul to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:6. So, for my neglegence, I believe I owe an apology. And an attempt at improvement.

For a preview of what's to come, here's what I'm thinking (obviously subject to change):

1) In my previous post I hinted that I would be examing some political issues and explaining where I land on them, and why. These issues will be far from running the gamut in a political sense, but I hope they will aid you in working through issues from a Biblical worldview, and I look forward to some push-back and discussion with those who may disagree.
2) I plan on posting more short, devotional-styled writing. I still will write my running rambles from time to time, but part of my hesitancy to blog in the past has been the fact that I set a precendant where most of my post were over 1000 words. I'm realizing that it can be both/and rather than simply either/or.
3) In contrast with the last post, I also have a few sermon manuscripts which I will edit and post. I realize not many people will have interest in reading through a manuscript, but some may find help in a more thorough examination of a text or topic than a typical blog post is going to provide.

So, all if that to say, I plan to write more often. Posting such a statement here allows you to hold me accountable to that.

About Me

Follower of Jesus. Husband of one. Father of four. Pastor at Remsen Bible Fellowship (